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Let's Go Find Wroclaw Gnomes on a Delightful Trip to Poland

Go gnome hunting in Wrocław, Poland. Take a walk in Wrocław and discover Wroclaw gnomes. Find the gnomes of Wroclaw on a trip to Poland.
As you can tell from my previous posts, I found Wroclaw Poland to be an incredibly charming city.  My absolute favorite part about my trip was the opportunity to go gnome hunting.

A Brief History of Wroclaw's Gnomes

I learned from a colleague that there are over 400 dwarves/gnomes spread throughout Wroclaw. The gnomes originated in the 1980s as a symbol of resistance in the age of communism in Poland. The little statues that I'd noticed in earlier walks around town soon took on bigger significance.  

Known locally as krasnale, the first gnome dates back to 1981 when a group of students studying at the Fine Arts Academy in Wroclaw were inspired by the Orange Alternative. This movement used surrealism and absurdity to protest against the oppressive communist regime. 

The Wroclaw gnomes soon became a symbol of resistance and freedom and began to multiply on the streets of Wroclaw. After communism fell in Poland, the gnomes turned into a popular tourist attraction for the city and continued to mulitply. 

Gnome Hunting in Wroclaw Poland: http://www.sidewalksafari.com/2012/01/gnome-hunting-in-wroclaw-poland.html 

How to Plan Your Wroclaw Gnome Hunt

You'll find the most popular Wroclaw gnomes if you search for "Dwarf, Wroclaw" on Google Maps. Search for "Krasnale, Wroclaw" to surface a different grouping of gnomes. For a more comprehensive list, download Wroclaw Dwarves Go, a free app available on Android devices.

You can find other maps of where the gnomes are located online or get a comprehensive map at the local tourist shops for the equivalent of a couple euro.
Gnome hunting in Wroclaw PolandGnome Hunting in Wroclaw: A dwarf at the cash point

SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: Poland is a fascinating travel destination and so easy to explore on a Ryanair city break weekend

Visit Gdansk and Tricity where the first shots of World War II were fired. 

Alternatively, get off the beaten track and discover fun things to do in Bydgoszcz and learn about what to see in Poznan.

Pictures of Wroclaw Gnomes That Will Make You Want to Plan a Trip to Poland

I spent a few hours on Saturday morning exploring Old Town Wroclaw and hunting for gnomes.  I spotted more than 25 gnomes during that time.  

The Wroclaw gnomes are quite small and not so easy to find.  In some cases, I walked by a gnome more than once without even noticing.  

Then, like magic, a gnome would appear.  Love it!  I've posted some of my favorites from my gnome hunt below. I hope these pictures of Wroclaw's famous dwarfs make you want to visit.
Gnome Hunting in Wroclaw: Dwarf riding a motorcycle

Gnome hunting in Wroclaw: Gnome with a heart

Gnome hunting in Wrocław Poland: Dwarf in a tiny bed
Check out the link below for the full cast of characters that I discovered.

Link to Collection in Google Photos

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Let's Go Find Wroclaw Gnomes on a Delightful Trip to Poland
Go gnome hunting in Wrocław, Poland. Take a walk in Wrocław and discover Wroclaw gnomes. Find the gnomes of Wroclaw on a trip to Poland.
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